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Journal Staff Report
    Arrest Made In
    Armed Robbery
    Casey Jones, 31, of the 1200 block of Third Street NW was arrested Tuesday on charges of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery after he held a knife to the back of a man's head and stole his wallet, according to a criminal complaint.
    The complaint says:
    At about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jones approached a man sitting in his car on Adams NE. The man said he was taking his lunch break in his car.
    The man said Jones put a knife to his head and demanded his wallet. The man gave Jones his wallet which had about $80 and several credit cards in it. Jones got into a silver SUV with another man and two women.
    A short time after Albuquerque Police Department put out a call to locate the SUV, officers saw Jones running in the area where the vehicle was spotted.
    According to police, when officers told Jones to get on the ground, he yelled back that he did not rob anyone and he was running because he was going to get jumped.
    Jones said he was with the women because they wanted him to go with them while they "picked up guys for money." However, Jones said he did not know the full names of the other people.
    Jones said they used the money to buy crack and the man's credit cards to buy gas for the SUV they were driving.
    Jones is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center on a $27,500 cash or surety bond.
    Man Arrested In
    Domestic Assault
    Jon G. Mitchell, 42, of the 9600 block of Fourth Street NW was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated assault on a household member after he threatened to kill a relative and charged at him with a shiny object that looked like a knife, according to a criminal complaint.
    The complaint says:
    Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department deputies were flagged down near the intersection of Fourth and Alameda by a man who said Mitchell had threatened him. The man said he was able to kick the knife-like object out of Mitchell's hand and run out of the residence before flagging down deputies.
    After deputies searched Mitchell, they found a shiny wrench in his pocket. Mitchell was extremely intoxicated and said he did not remember what happened.
    Mitchell is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center on $2,500 cash or surety bond.
    Decorations To
    Honor U.S. Troops
    Armijo Plaza on Isleta SW will be decorated with yellow ribbons and luminarias tonight and Friday to honor U.S. troops overseas.
    Stephen Gutierrez, a liaison with Youth Development Inc., will hang a banner at Armijo Plaza at 3 p.m. He is encouraging people to come to the plaza and sign the banner, which will then be sent to troops in Iraq.
    "I hope everyone will also bring a luminaria to light on Christmas Eve and hang a yellow ribbon at the plaza to honor our soldiers and those fighting overseas for America," Gutierrez said.
    Gutierrez is also collecting blankets for the homeless and is taking donations to buy Albuquerque Public Schools-approved clothing for the school district's clothing bank.
    Drop-off locations are at the Westside Community Center, Los Compadres Restaurant and the YDI office at 1710 Centro Familiar SW.